I went to the Rock Barrell the other day looking for inspiration for my Marriage Milagro. I have had such a difficult time with that one. It has been sitting on my work bench for weeks, and I thought some new yummy materials would help. As I was perusing the millions of beautiful strands of beads and tables overflowing with odds and ends I came across a bowl of starfish. Like a bolt I knew I had a new piece to make…with only a couple of days to deadline!!!!
On August 22 of last year a dear friend of mine died as a result of a boating accident. I hadn’t seen or spoken to him for years, but the news was a shock and it is still unbelievable to me that the world doesn’t have him in it. I am told that at his funeral the following story was told:
A boy and his father were walking along the beach. On the sandy beach were thousands of starfish that were washed up along the shoreline. As they walked, the boy picked up a starfish and threw it in the ocean and watched it return to life. They continued down the shoreline, and the boy picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean, and another, and another. The father said in exasperation, “Son, will you stop that? There are too many to save. What difference does it make?” The son picked up a starfish and threw it into the ocean, and as he watched the starfish return to life, he said,
“It made a difference to that one.”
That was Martin…always looking for a way to help those who needed it. And always willing to fight for others.
So there I was in Rock Barrell, zipping from one end to the other and back again, grabbing garnet, agate, bone beads…it was a wonderful rush of energy, especially as the deadline looms so near.
Martin’s mother and father founded the Marion Medical Mission, a non-profit that organizes communities in Africa to build shallow wells, bringing fresh water to literally millions of people. To date the organization has built over 13,000 wells in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.
It only costs $400 to build one well. Please look at the website for more information:
100% of the sale of this milagro will be donated to Marion Medical Mission in memory of Martin Logan.